Making sure that antibiotics will still be effective in the future

New training for doctors in the outpatient sector

Antibiotics are still overprescribed in primary care and prescriptions are often not in line with the recommendations and guidelines set out by the medical associations. For this reason, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and the Hygienenetzwerk Südostniedersachsen, the City of Braunschweig, the Klinikum Braunschweig, and the AOK Niedersachsen have developed a project called "Effectiveness of training on antibiotic prescription routine for General Practitioners (GP)" (Wirksamkeit von Antibiotikaschulungen in der niedergelassenen Ärzteschaft, WASA) that is funded by the Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, BMG).

© HZI/Meier© HZI/MeierThe WASA project runs continued education seminars which address topics such as "Guideline-based antibiotics management of upper and lower airway and urinary tract infections by general practitioners". The training sessions were developed by the Hygienenetzwerk Südostniedersachsen (Prof Dr Dr Bautsch, Municipal Clinic Braunschweig). The seminars aim to summarise the major aspects of the current guidelines and are presented by uniformly trained and experienced medical speakers.

All interested physicians, specifically general practitioners and internal medicine specialists from the southeast region of Lower Saxony who work as primary care physicians, are invited to attend the events. The training materials include a copy of the handbook titled "Rational oral antibiotics therapy for adults for physicians in private practice", the second edition of which has just been published by the State Health Authority of Lower Saxony. Participation in the seminars is free of charge; an application for 5 CME credits has been filed with the General Medical Council of Lower Saxony.

WASA_Logo_590x240.jpgThe Department for Epidemiology of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) evaluates the seminars scientifically. If the evaluation yields promising results, the materials and experience acquired can be used to expand the seminars to other geographical regions. For the evaluation, the participants are asked to complete questionnaires anonymously on a voluntary basis. Furthermore, routine data supplied by AOK Lower Saxony will be analysed.

The following training dates have been set: 02 May Braunschweig, 17 May Wolfenbüttel, 19 June Braunschweig, 20 June Gifhorn, 27 June Wolfsburg, 29 August Goslar, and 5 September Salzgitter. No prior registration is required.

For more information about the sites and dates of the events, please visit: www.wasa.helmholtz-hzi.de/de/termine/.
The training sessions addressing upper and lower airway infections will be held starting at the end of Summer 2018.

For further information and dates, please visit: www.wasa.helmholtz-hzi.de
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